Bilbao Museums, Art Galleries and Theatres

Bilbao Museums, Art Galleries and Theatres:

The Guggenheim Museum is the star attraction of the city of Bilbao.  But it is by no means the only museum or cultural attraction in this city.

Bilbao has quite a number of museums and art galleries, including the Museo de Bellas Artes, one of Spain’s best Museum of Fine Art.  The people of Bilbao have been theatre-lovers for a very long time and the original Teatro Arriaga was built in the 18th to satisfy this love of theatre.

The below list of Bilbao Museums, Art Galleries and Theatres should keep culture vultures pretty busy during their Bilbao holiday.

The Guggenheim Museum
Address: Avenida Abandoibarra 2, Bilbao
Phone: +34 944 35 90 00
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao Follow Me on Pinterest Although the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao only opened in 1997, it is one of the most admired buildings in the world. The museum’s collection focuses primarily on 20th-century American and European art.
Museo de Bellas Artes
Address: Plaza del Museo, 2
48009 Bilbao
Phone: +34 944 39 60 60
The Museo de Bellas Artes is one of Spain’s finest art museums.  It owns the second best classic art collection, behind El Prado. Nowadays, the Fine Arts Museum de Bilbao has a collection made up of more than 6,000 works of art -paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings and decorative art objects- covering a period from the 12th century to the present. The museum houses the largest collection of works by Basque artists, not to mention the  exceptional collection of traditional works by well-known masters such as El Greco, Goya, Gauguin, Francis Bacon, Picasso and Velazquez.
Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro
Address: Plaza de la Encarnación 9B, 48006 Bilbao
Phone: +34 944 32 01 25
This Museum of Sacred Art has over 2,000 pieces of art in its collection, but only 500 are on display. The permanent section is organized in three main sections – sculpture, painting and jewelry with works dating back to the 12th century.
Museo Marítimo Ría de Bilbao
Address: Muelle Ramón de la Sota 1, Bilbao
Phone: +34 902 13 10 00
Opened at the end of 2003, the Maritime Museum Ría de Bilbao offers insight into Bilbao’s past as a shipbuilding and seafaring hub. Outside there are striking floating exhibits with special exhibitions.
Museo Vasco
Address: Plaza Miguel Unamuno 4
48006 Bilbao
Phone: +34 944 15 54 23
This museum documents the historical and cultural evolution of Basque society through its displays of Basque art, folk artifacts and photographs.  Check out the animal-like carving in the cloister, the Idol of Mikeldi, which dates from the 3rd-2nd century BC.
Museo Taurino
Plaza de Toros de Vista Alegre
Martin Aquero, 1
48012 Bilbao
Phone: + 34 944 44 86 98
As the name suggests, the Bullfighting Museum of Bilbao documents the history of bullfighting with over 100 photographs, posters and the outfits worn by a couple of famous toreros.
Arkeologi Museo
Escaleras de Mallona, 2
48006 Bilbao
Phone:  +34 944 04 09 90
This new museum is dedicated to the history of Biscay from prehistory to recent times and makes the point that this corner of Spain has been inhabited since prehistoric times.  Labels are in Spanish and Basque only.
Teatro Arriaga
Address: Plaza Arriaga
Phone: +34 944 79 20 36
The original theatre burned down in 1914 and a second was built, resembling the Opera House in Paris. Today, it remains the major cultural venue in Bilbao. Beautifully located on the banks of the Nervión, the theatre is host to world-class classical and contemporary music, opera, dance and theatre.
Euskalduna Palace
AAvda. Abandoibarra, No. 4
48011 Bilbao
Phone: +34 944 03 50 00
This is yet another venue for attending the best shows in Bilbao, such as the opera seasons organized by the ABAO (Bilbao Association of Opera Friends), as well as concerts and ballet performances.

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